Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.
This is in continuation of the previous offering titled 'Glories of Srimad Bhagavatam' wherein we were hearing the glories of Srimad Bhagavatam from Padma Purana. Sanatkumaras were glorifying Srimad Bhagavatam to Narada Muni, Bhaktidevi, Jnaana, Vairaagya and all the exalted devotees from various lokas, who were assembled in the banks of River Ganga. Now let us proceed to hear further.
In 3rd Chapter, Uttar khanda of Padma Purana, the Sanat kumars continue to glorify Srimad Bhagavatam as follows.
Shloka 40: Reading Srimad Bhagavatam daily, always meditating on Lord Sri Hari, watering tulsi plants and serving the cows are all equally important.
Shoka 41: One gifts copy of Srimad Bhagavatam, placed on seat of gold to a Vaishnava gets 'saayujya' status in Vaikuntha and dwells with Sri Krishna.
aajanma maatramapi yena shatena kinchit chittam
vidhaaya shukashaastra kathaa na pitaa
candaalavacha kharvad batatena neetam mithyaa
svajanma jananijani duhkha bhaajaa
"Alas, the fool by whom even a little of story of Srimad Bhagavatam is not drunk with a concentrated mind, during his life time has, has spent his life like a candaala or like a donkey in vain. Such a fool has proved to be instrumental only in causing pangs of child birth to his mother."
So if we don't study Srimad Bhagavatam in this human birth, then it simply means that we have misused this rare opportunity. Our life is then as good as life of donkey or candaala who cannot study Bhagavatam. There is no meaning in our birth as well. At the time of birth, not only we go suffering, but we cause great pain to the mother who is giving birth to us. But in spite of the pain, mother rejoices simply at the thought of birth of child. There is a saying in Tamil by the great poet, Tiruvalluvar that when the child grows up as a well-behaved person and is appreciated by others for his/her good nature as a learned person, then the mother rejoices all the more.
So when we mold our life according to Srimad Bhagavatam study and practise it, then that is the way to make our parents happy. We don't select our parents. They are Krishna's gifts for us. Srila Prabhupada beautifully says in the purport to verse 9.17 in Bhagavad Gita, "As such, these living entities who appear to be our father, mother, etc., are nothing but Krishna". They are representatives of Krishna. Pleasing parents, serving parents will please Krishna. Life of Pundalik, who please Lord Vittal Krishna by his service to his parents, is living example for this. So is it not our duty to take care of parents, serve them, keep them happy and be grateful to them for tolerating all the pains during our birth and whatever pains we give them (knowingly/unknowingly) as we grow up?
Let us pray that we always remember the value of human birth and remain grateful to our parents, Guru and all other living entities whomever Krishna has blessed us, not just by reading Srimad Bhagavatam, but also by practising it. Jai Srimad Bhagavatam ki Jai!
Krishna willing we shall continue to hear further glories of Srimad Bhagavatam in the subsequent offering.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi.
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